Did the UN Create Israel?


Kramer, Martin. “Did the UN Create Israel?” Mosaic Magazine, 2021, August 10.


How did Israel’s founders express in words the legitimate claim of the Jews to statehood? What was the mix of biblical, historical and legal claims put forward in the text? And why were some kinds of claims preferred over others? 

In particular, how much significance should be attached to the issue of international legitimacy? The proclamation refers six times to the United Nations, mostly in connection with UN General Assembly resolution 181, recommending the partition of Palestine into Jewish and Arab states. To what purpose? And did the proclamation reject an Arab state in Eretz-Israel?

Fifth part of a seven-part series.


Fifth part of a seven-part series.

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Last updated on 03/10/2022